THE state will pull the plug on a development project meant to help the fishermen in Teluk Muroh if the majority of the folk do not want it there.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said there were other areas the state could develop on.
“However, I understand that the majority of the fishermen there wants the project to be carried out at the 16ha site.
“It’s just a small group of people who had protested against it,” he told reporters after attending an excellence award presentation ceremony for civil servants at the state secretariat building banquet hall.
It was reported that a group of fishermen had protested the reclamation works outside the state secretariat building late last month.
The group said the works, which was being done to prepare for the development project, had polluted the waters and affected the livelihood of fishermen.
Zambry said he has instructed the respective agencies to obtain the necessary reports, including environmental impact and hydrology, before starting the project.
“The place has been closed off by Marina Island,” he said, adding that the area is not a heritage beach.
“After getting all the reports done, we then held discussions with the locals there and there were no protests then,” he added.
Zambry explained that the project, which would be done in phases, included building new homes for fishermen, a jetty and a place to land their catch.
“Our aim was to modernise the fishermen’s lifestyle. Most of their homes are dilapidated.
“The project will also have other facilities to keep their equipment, including nets and engines,” he said.
He added that there was a plan in place to enable the boats to dock at the jetty.
“The first phase of the project would cost between RM35mil and RM38mil,” he said.
Zambry said the protest was actually started by one individual, who then roped in a small group of people to carry out the demonstration.
“He is an outsider who had bought a piece of land there.
“He claimed the project would affect the price of the land and it was obstructing the sea view,” he said.